The basis of education is grounded in the process of learning something. Many of our educational experiences have happened within the walls of a school, or another location. Papers, packets, presentations, conversations, studying, quizzes and tests; they are still very present in school. The digital age and advancements in technology have made access to knowledge far superior to that of any and all library combine. So why is it that schools are still slow to take up hybrid and online courses?
Instructional design is an important aspect to take into consideration when schools make the transition to hybrid or online courses. There are many models of instructional design and many factors that go into developing courses. For example, the diverse needs of students, the expanse of content and demonstration of knowledge all need to be incorporated into the modules. There are several benefits to having courses online, like reaching a broader student body, offering a learning environment that can be accesses from a wide range of locations, and an environment that can be visited and revisited while storing information for later reference/.
The tumultuous currents of education make it difficult to plant the seeds of change, but it all starts with conversations and the willingness to try things out. In my current educational setting there have been small initiatives in place to introduce a diversified learning environment for our students. Currently those who are in danger of failing or ones who need an alternative education are enrolled in online learning. The district is also rolling out the use of Google Apps for Education across all of the schools. My goal would be to start conversations with our administration and curriculum coordinator to discuss how the same learning environments can be incorporated into our regular education program for students. It would be wonderful if students could engage in their learning experience other than attending school and sitting in a typical classroom.
As I progress through this course, I am finding that in order for education to stay afloat with societal and technological changes, it is imperative that education follow suit. Instructional design and technology will play a large role in making sure those changes happen, and in an effective manner. Changes like this would make education progressive rather than regressive and stuck in industrial molds. Furthermore, learning would become a more collaborative process because it would join a larger group of individuals together. The utilization of the advancements makes education far more tangible and accessible to all users, education just needs to make the jump! I still think it is important to provide hands-on, in-person learning experiences for our students. However if those are combine with eLearning, then we can exceed their learning experience far beyond what the walls of a school can offer.
Do you think this is something we will see in 5 or 10 years? Do you think online education will offer the same benefits as traditional education?